The Devon Nordic BEARS Ski Program Overview

The Bears Ski program was grown by members of Bears Adventure Sport Society in cooperation with the Devon Nordic Ski Club. The DNSC has since adopted the program permanently and with the direction of Shift Happens continues to grow and improve the program!

Contact the DNSC or visit their website for more information.

Devon Nordic Ski Club

BEARS Skill Development Programs

The Cross-country Canada Skills Development Program consists of three subprograms - Bearcubs, Black Bears, Polar Bears (levels 1 to 4) and Grizzlies Track Attack. In addition, the Devon Nordic BEARS introduced two additional adventure program elements, The Wolfpack and Wolverines to serve the needs and interests of our members.  

   AGES 4-9

  • BEAR CUBS: ages 4yrs - 5 yrs

  • BLACK BEARS: ages 6yrs - 9yrs (Levels 1 & 2)

  • POLAR BEARS ages 6yrs - 9yrs (Level 3 & 4)

   AGES 10+

  • GRIZZLIES Biathlon Development Program & BEARS Race Team

  • THE WOLFPACK: Age 10+

  • WOLVERINES Wilderness Adventure Program: ages 13+

The programs for kids 10 and older have been divided into three groups in order to cater to the diverse interests that develop during these years. For those that enjoy skiing and perhaps want to eventually start doing some backcountry skiing, we offer our WOLVERINES Wilderness Adventure program. For those that enjoy competing, we have GRIZZLIES Biathlon Development program. 

The Devon Nordic BEARS program places children by both skill level and age. The age ranges listed above are flexible to some extent as various factors related to each child are taken into account. It may be necessary for coaches to move the child to a more appropriate group if an incorrect placement has been made.


At BEARS we also offer all athletes ages 8-12 years and up the opportunity to learn biathlon. We use biathlon-specific competition quality air rifles. Unlike many clubs, we include this in the program at no extra cost. The program provides biathletes the opportunity to develop their skiing and shooting skills with physical conditioning, shooting education and proper skiing techniques.

For older biathletes or those that have been doing biathlon for a few years, we have the BEARS Race Team. This program requires that you have completed the necessary training through the development program.